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Date: Thu, 30 Mar 1995 07:22:49 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: Naval Service Medical News (NSMN) 95-13 

R 290246Z MAR 95 ZYB 




653-1315/TEL:DSN 294-1315// 


(950102) -Koenig Nominated to be 32nd Navy Surgeon General 
(950103) -Hagen Names BUMED 's 1995 Shore Sailor of the Year 
(950104) -Navy Dental Corps Chief Named Distinguished Alumnus 
(950105) -TRICARE Questions and Answers 
(950106) -Baby Arrives Outside Elevator 
(950107) -New Parent Support Team 

(950108) -Nurse Detours for GITMO Refugee Health Care 
(950109) -Corpsman Up . . . and Down 

(950110) -Sailor Sings His Way to a Record Contract 
(950111) -U .S. Savings Bonds Campaign Begins 3 April (para 3) 
(950112) -April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (para 3) 
(950113) -Defense Department Names 1995 DOD Earth Year (para 3) 

HEADLINE: Koenig Nominated to be 32nd Navy Surgeon General 

DOD Washington (NSMN) — RADM Harold M. Koenig, MC, was 
nominated on 27 March by the President for appointment to vice 
admiral and assignment as Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 
and Surgeon General . Koenig is currently the Deputy Chief BUMED 
and Deputy Surgeon General . The current Surgeon General , VADM 
Donald F. Hagen, MC, retires 29 June after 31 years' service. 
Hagen became the 31st Navy Surgeon General 28 June 1991. 


HEADLINE: Hagen Names BUMED 's 1995 Shore Sailor of the Year 
BUMED Washington (NSMN) — In a ceremony 15 March at the 

Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Surgeon General VADM 

Donald F. Hagen, MC, announced BUMED 's 1995 Shore Sailor of the 


HMl John H. Callahan, a preventive medicine technician 

assigned to the Navy Disease Vector Ecology and Control Center in 

Jacksonville, FL, was selected as the best of the best for 1995. 
Next month, he will represent BUMED in the competition for the 
Chief of Naval Operations ' 1995 Naval Shore Activities Sailor of 
the Year. 

Selecting one person as BUMED 's Shore Sailor of the Year 
from among the many fine enlisted personnel assigned to BUMED and 
its claimancy commands is always a difficult one, and this year 
was no exception. 

The first step was to select three finalists from a field of 
nine Sailors of the Year — one each from BUMED; Navy 
Environmental Health Center (NEHC) , Norfolk, VA; Naval Aerospace 
and Operational Medical Institute (NAMI) , Pensacola, FL; Naval 
Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity , Yorktown, VA; Naval 
Medical Logistics Command, Fort Detrick, MD; Naval Medical 
Information Management Center, Bethesda, MD; Naval Health 
Sciences Education and Training Command, Bethesda; Naval Medical 
Research and Development Command, Bethesda; and Naval Office of 
Medical/Dental Affairs, Great Lakes, IL. 

The next step brought the three finalists together at BUMED 
for interviews and a final selection. Callahan, who was NEHC's 
Sailor of the Year, competed against two other exemplary Sailors: 
HMl(AW) Wayne M. Furrow, NAMI ' s Sailor of the Year; and YNl (SW) 
Marvin D. Smith, BUMED 's Sailor of the Year. 

Congratulations to all our Sailors of the Year, including 
HMl (DV/PJ) John D. Correa, Sailor of the Year for Commander, 
Marine Force Pacific, who is a finalist in the 1995 Pacific Fleet 
Sailor of the Year (Sea) competition; and DTI Veronica Allen, 
Sailor of the Year for Commander, U.S. Naval Activities United 
Kingdom, who will compete for the title of 1995 Commander in 
Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Shore Sailor of the Year. 


HEADLINE: Navy Dental Corps Chief Named Distinguished Alumnus 

UW-DAA Seattle (NSMN) — The University of Washington Dental 
Alumni Association recently announced their 1995 Distinguished 
Alumnus Award recipient. They selected Chief of the Navy Dental 
Corps, RADM Ronald P. Morse, DC, USN. 

The purpose of the award is to recognize individual alumnus 
who by their professional achievements and contributions have 
distinguished themselves, have enhanced the profession, have 
improved the welfare of the general public and have brought honor 
to their alma mater. 

The award will be presented at the university's alumni 
dinner during the Washington State Dental Association Pacific 
Northwest Dental Conference this July. 

In notifying Morse of his selection, Frank B. Guthrie, DDS, 
chairman of the Distinguished Alumnus Committee, pointed out that 
"this award reflects contributions made over a long period of 
time and not single outstanding achievements . ... J extend my 
personal congratulations to a very deserving individual. " 


HEADLINE: TRICARE Questions and Answers 

BUMED Washington (NSMN) — As TRICARE begins coming on line 

across the country, questions are coming up. We have answers. 
Look for TRICARE Questions and Answers in Naval Service Medical 
News on a recurring basis. If you have questions you'd like 
addressed in future articles, send them in (see this message' s 
last paragraph on ways to do so) . 

QUESTION: How will family members ' records be tracked if 
they are assigned to a primary care manager through TRICARE 
Prime? Will they automatically go with the family upon PCS? 
What about TRICARE Extra and Standard? Has any mechanism been 
established for the transfer of records to military health 
records ? 

ANSWER: If your medical records are being stored at the 
military medical treatment facility (MTF) , you will pick them up 
as part of your outprocessing procedure. If your primary care 
manager, under TRICARE Prime, is located in the civilian 
community, you have the responsibility to ensure that you obtain 
a copy upon PCS. If you have obtained care through civilian 
doctors under TRICARE Standard or Extra, it is to your best 
interest to ensure that copies of the records be included in your 
military records file. 

QUESTION: Will exceptional family members be given priority 
for enrollment under TRICARE Prime? Will TRICARE Prime defer the 
costs that they currently incur when they have to take their 
children out to local hospitals for specialty care unavailable at 
the military MTF? 

ANSWER: Due to the costs associated with care for 
exceptional family members, most families with exceptional family 
members will find it advantageous to join TRICARE Prime. Because 
some are also covered by other state and federal agencies, 
however, coverage of all exceptional family members cannot be 
facilitated through TRICARE Prime. Check with the health 
benefits advisor at your MTF to see if TRICARE Prime will work in 
your situation. 

If TRICARE Prime does not conflict with other health care 
coverage, the program will defer costs associated with care at 
other authorized treatment facilities whenever your child is 
referred for care under the Prime network. You will still be 
required to co-pay for outpatient and inpatient care, but the co- 
pay is minimal, and does not even begin to approach the costs 
that you would currently incur under CHAMPUS. 


HEADLINE: Baby Arrives Outside Elevator 

NMC San Diego (NSMN) — HM2 Sam Bond's life as a humble lab 
technician changed forever with just three simple words. 

"Well, sir, I'll never forget them: 'The baby's coming! ' " 

Upon hearing them, he followed with an equally lengthy 
response . 

"I shouted, 'Ma'am, don't push!'" 

All of the sudden. Bond, whose highly technical, microbiotic 
lab work keeps him buried deep in the catacombs of the laboratory 
department of Naval Medical Center San Diego, was thrust into the 
role of emergency medical technician when he assisted in the 
elevator delivery of Freddie Simpkins III last month. 

Arriving to work for his weekend shift 25 February, Bond 
spotted a couple who appeared to be struggling near one of the 
traffic circles. When he investigated, he discovered MM3 Trina 
Simpkins was in hard labor. Her husband, YN3 Freddie Simpkins II 
was reassuring his wife when Bond offered to escort the couple to 
labor and delivery . 

"The courtyard, big as this hospital is, was deserted, " Bond 
said, speaking in a polite, midwestern drawl . "We searched for a 
wheelchair but I decided I could get them to the labor deck 
faster than searching for a chair. " 

So, they made their way to the elevators . 

"I pretty much thought everything was OK until, just before 
reaching those elevators, she experienced another contraction. " 
Bond stopped and took a moment to reflect: "Now, I may work in 
the laboratory, but I knew that it couldn't have been more than 
30 or 40 seconds since the previous contraction, and I thought, 
this thing is going to happen soon. OK, another 50 feet to labor 
and delivery. 'Just a hundred feet, ma'am, ' I think I said. " 

Or pleaded, as the case may have been. Bond admits he was a 
little nervous. 

"You know, this is something we all should do, " he digresses 
somewhat, thoughtfully . "I mean, I see a visitor who looks lost 
or perplexed or just looks like they need some help, I walk right 
up to them and just say, 'Sir? or Ma'am? May I help you? Where 
would you like to go? ' It's a courtesy everyone deserves. 

"That ' s what I was doing. I saw this couple and asked if I 
could just help them. They looked like they needed assistance. 

"So, I went to them. " 

When they reached the elevator , Bond hit the up button 
repeatedly. So did Dad. Then they waited. Bond said he 
believed it took the elevator close to 18 years to finally reach 
them before they entered, but he felt more secure as it finally 
rose to the third floor and the doors trundled open. 

He ushered the couple quickly from the elevator, "But we 
weren't three steps outside the elevator door when she cried out, 
'The baby's coming' and I said 'Ma'am, don't push!' and we took a 
few more steps and she said 'The baby's here! ' 

"I looked down. The baby was being born right there. She 
was giving birth standing up. " 

Bond helped Simpkins lower his wife gently to the deck. The 
baby had emerged and was actually cocooned between the mother's 
thigh and her pant leg. They removed the infant carefully. 

"And when the baby cried, I knew that was a great sign, a 
very healthy baby, " Bond said. 

Dad said things were happening too quickly to allow him to 
be nervous. 

"It would have been different if we could have had time to 
think about this, " he said later. "It was kind of a blur. But, " 
he added proudly, "I got to help in delivering my own son. It 's 
an experience most fathers don ' t get . 

At least, not like this. 

"You know, my husband and I had already decided he was going 
to be right there in the delivery room with me, " Simpkins added. 
"But I guess we didn't make it. " 

In fact, she remembers very little about the incident after 
the first couple of contractions . Although, she said she does 
remember giving birth. 

"I kept telling my husband, 'The baby's coming, the baby's 
coming!' and it wasn't really painful, it was like a push and 
then I felt little fingers and little hands on my legs. " 

Bond immediately directed Dad down the passageway to the 
labor and delivery area while he cared for his two patients as 
best he could. 

"Then the labor and delivery crew came stampeding down the 
hall and took over right there, " Bond remembers. "They placed 
the infant on his mother's tummy to keep him warm then they were 
off to labor and delivery . 

"I went to wash my hands and finished walking to work. For 
about 10 minutes I was shaking so bad I didn 't know what to do. 
But for the rest of the day I was walking on air. 

"You know, we have those pennants flying out there: 
Charlie, Golf, One, and they mean that Navy medicine is standing 
by to assist. I believe that motto, " Bond said. "We are nothing 
here if we're not compassionate. I was just doing my job, but it 
takes compassion. " 

Story by H. Sam Samuelson, reprinted from The Compass, 3 MAR 95 


HEADLINE: New Parent Support Team 

NNMC Bethesda (NSMN) — Too bad babies don't come with an 
owner's manual. Oh, there is nothing in the world quite as 
wonderful as a new baby, but there is also nothing in the world 
quite as exhausting, schedule-demolishing and lifestyle changing. 
Wonderful, beautiful, miraculous? You bet. But also terrifying 
at times. Yes, that owner's manual certainly would have helped. 

Enter the National Naval Medical Center's New Parent Support 

The team consists of Family Support Counselor Rebecca 
Schwab, Community Health Nurse Angle Nolan and Social Services 
Assistant Portia Taylor, and they are all here to help parents 
from the moment of conception right through to the child's fifth 
birthday . 

This is not therapy for people in trouble, although that is 
available. This is the opportunity for parents to get together, 
to ventilate and to make new friends who are in the same 
circumstances, all under the guidance of trained professionals . 

So, you are not alone, and that is sometimes all it takes to 
get through the rough times. 

According to the fact sheet put out by the support team, it 
is a "professional team which provides supportive and caring 
services to expectant families with children, and new parents . 
This supportive team was established to assist new parents in 
coping with the demands of parenthood and military life; to 
increase their parenting knowledge and skills; and to enhance the 
lives of newborns and all military children. " 

That means they're here to help. 

The support team is very well aware of the unique problems 
military families face . . . separations , isolation, post- 

deployment reunions, to name but a few . . . and has tailored its 
program specifically to the resultant needs. 

Nolan said, "Many of our clients are enlisted, don't have 
much money, feel isolated and are subject to the stress of 
military moving. It is especially hard to get adjusted with a 
brand new baby in the family. Programs similar to ours have been 
found to significantly reduce the rate of abuse and neglect in 
families being served. " 

Schwab pointed out that the purpose of the program is not to 
deal with cases of abuse, but to prevent it. New parents are not 
left alone to flounder. The team makes follow-up home visits to 
help new parents in their own environments and to see first-hand 
how they are dealing with the demands of a new baby. 

Nolan said, "If there's a problem, they will be more 
comfortable talking about it in their own environment, at home. 
They are reaching out for help. " 

The moniker "New Parent Support Team" does not accurately 
describe the people it hopes to serve. You do not have to be a 
"new" parent at all. All you need be is a parent or an expectant 
parent who could use a little support or help as you traverse the 
often rocky path of parenthood. You are welcome if you are an 
expectant parent, a single parent, a team parent, or the parent 
of a child with special needs. 

Services offered include pre-natal and post-partum 
workshops, developmental classes, support groups and counseling. 
All services of the New Parent Support Team are offered at no- 
cost to the service member and his or her family. 

Basically, the team acts as a surrogate family and tries to 
help in many of the ways that friends and biological families do 
at home. To find out more information about Parent Support Teams 
at locations other than NNMC Bethesda, contact your base Family 
Service Center or local medical treatment facility. 

The Navy likes to think of itself as a family, and in this 
case it certainly is. 
Story by Teal Ferguson 


HEADLINE: Nurse Detours for GITMO Refugee Health Care 

NAVHOSP Newport, RI (NSMN) — At the height of the Haitian 
and Cuban refugee problem last year, LCDR Dianne Aldrich, NC, was 
one of 30 personnel from Naval Hospital Newport who deployed to 
the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in support of Operation 
Sea Signal . 

But within a week after assuming her duties in the military 
sick call unit aboard the ship, Aldrich, a nurse practitioner, 
was given a new assignment . She and two other medical personnel 
were sent to staff an obstetrical gynecology (OB/GYN) unit in the 
refugee camp at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (GITMO), Cuba. 

As the number of refugees arriving increased, officials 
realized the rising need for female health care. An estimated 
40,000 refugees were housed in tents, said Aldrich. 

"Of that number, between 6,000 and 10,000 were women, and 
about 1, 000 were pregnant, " she said. 

A nurse midwife and three labor deck nurses sent from duty 

stations stateside completed the seven-person unit . They called 
themselves "The Migrant Women ' s Health Care Team. " 

With no existing OB/GYN services available in the camp, the 
team not only had to build the clinic from the ground up, but had 
to go out and identify those needing medical services . 

The Navy medical staff faced language barriers and distrust, 
but some of the refugees offered to help. They included a 
doctor, university professors and students . 

"They stepped forward, identified themselves and offered 
their service, " she said. 

Working as translators, they helped identify the women who 
needed assistance but were reluctant to come forward. 

Although attached to U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, the 
OB/GYN unit augmented the hospital unit operated by the Air Force 
set up in the tent cities. Marines transported patients to and 
from the clinic. 

They worked 10 to 12 hours a day in 95 to 100 degree heat, 
five days a week, said Aldrich, adding that weekends were spent 
completing administrative duties. 

In addition to treating patients all week, the staff set up 
and maintained all their own records, drew blood, and counted 
pills in the pharmacy. 

Aldrich said the refugees, from newborn to elderly and 
chronically ill, had a wide range of health needs. 

Reared in a military family, the East Greenwich High School 
and University of Rhode Island graduate said this was her first 
deployment in her 13-year naval career. She said she'd do it 
again . 

"It 's what we joined the Navy for, " she said. "You never 
know when you'll be called on. That's why it's important for 
nurses and corpsmen to have clinical experience, so they're 
better prepared for field experience. " 

During her four-and-a-half -month tour, an estimated 20 
babies were born each month. 

"One of the midwives was named godmother to the first baby 
she helped deliver. We all went to the baptism. " 

Working side by side not only built new friendships, but 
helped tear down negative beliefs. 

"The refugees were taught that Americans were evil people. 
But after working with us, they found just the opposite was 
true, " said Aldrich. "They said our military was a strong one 
and the people very caring, and they would consider us always 
members of their families and friends. " 

It also made her sensitive to the plight of these people in 
search of a better life and what they'll endure to get there. 

"It shows you just how strong a people they are. It's one 
of those experiences that makes you glad you're an American, and 
equally glad you 're in the position to help them. " 
Story by Joy Christmas, Naval Education and Training Center Staff 


HEADLINE: Corpsman Up . . . and Down 

USNH Yokosuka, Japan (NSMN) — You might say HM3 Brian 
Safechuck gravitated toward the Marines. He often volunteers to 

assist Marine Barracks during training exercises. That's why the 
Marines recently invited him along during rappel practice on a 
concrete-rock wall on Yokosuka Naval Base. 

"You climb out through the bushes; looking down is real 
scary, " said Safechuck. "But once you went down a few times it 
was not bad. " 

Safechuck said he really enjoys working with the Marines. 
He has participated in five Marine Corps Ball pageants, 
representing the United States Navy Hospital Corps. He hopes to 
work with the Marines at his next duty station as well, and has 
made it clear he's always standing by and ready to assist. 

"Whenever they need a corpsman, they know I want to go with 
the Marines, " he said. "They like the corpsmen who are real 
energetic. " 

Reprinted from U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka 's paper, Kenko 
Shimbun, February 1995 


HEADLINE: Sailor Sings His Way to a Record Contract 

NAVHOSP Camp Lejeune, NC (NSMN) — With the discovery and 
signing of new bands nearly every day since the alternative music 
explosion, many of the traditional musical talents and styles 
have fallen out of the limelight and received less recognition 
than in days past . 

However, HM2 David Pinell ' s ability as a southern gospel 
musician landed him a chance to record an album 8 March in 
Nashville, TN, for the Eddie Crook Recording Co. "I heard about 
a small talent competition taking place in Williamston, North 
Carolina, and I decided to enter and see how I would do. It just 
so happened that the Eddie Crook Company happened to be there 
checking out the musicians , " Pinell said. "When I finished my 
song, there wasn't a dry eye in the house, including myself." 

Pinell pulls his material from a lifetime spent around music 
in the church — his father was an evangelist — and several 
emotionally stressful experiences , including Operation Desert 
Storm. "I was assigned to Second Force Service Support Group on 
the border, and we were sitting in the bunkers simply waiting for 
the Iraqis. I wrote the song one night thinking about how fast 
it could all end if we were attacked, " Pinell said. When his 
uncle died, Pinell said, "I realized I needed music to heal my 
soul. It was my way of dealing with my emotions . " 

With the support of Wanda, his wife of nine years, and their 
three daughters , Pinell said he would like to see the great 
response he's always received to his songs evolve into a full- 
time ministry . However, right now, he would like to show the 
Eddie Crook Co. that he can sell records. "The label says 
they're very impressed, and I still can't believe I've landed a 
national single, " Pinell said. 

The single will come off the album "Someday, I'll Fly, " 
which is due out in May. 

Condensed from a story by Cpl Joseph B. Gray III, USMC 


3. Events, observances and anniversaries 12-22 April: 

14 April: Good Friday 

14-21 April: Passover (begins sundown/ends sundown) 

1 6 April : Easter 

16-22 April: National Organ/Tissue Donor Awareness Week 
(804/330-8500; in IL, 312/431-3600) 

16-22 April: National Medical Laboratory Week (312/738- 

17 April: 0-5 Staff Corps Selection Board Convenes 

17 April: Deadline for Filing Income Tax Returns 

18 April: National Youth Service Day 

18 April 1945 

18 April 1775 

19 April 1775 

Ernie Pyle killed 
Paul Revere 's ride 

Revolutionary War Begins (ends, 19 April 
1783, when George Washington proclaims cessation of hostilities) 

21 April 1945: Allies entered Berlin 

22 April : Earth Day (25th Anniversary) 

22-28 April: National Infant Immunization Week (404/639- 

23-29 April: National Volunteer Week (202/223-9186, xl46) 

24 April 1800: Library of Congress established 

24-28 April: Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technologists 
Week (712/792-2978) 

25 April 1945: United Nations organized 


HEADLINE: U.S. Savings Bonds Campaign Begins 3 April 

CNO Washington (NSMN) — Planning for the future requires 
setting realistic goals and putting aside a portion of every 
paycheck. Whether it's for a dream vacation, our children's 
education, or for retirement, we need to start our planning as 
early as possible. For over half a century, the U.S. Savings 
Bonds Payroll Savings Plan has met these needs for many members 
of our Navy family. 

The 1995 U.S. Savings Bonds Campaign will begin on 3 April 
1995 and continue through 1 May 1995. The Payroll Savings Plan 
offers two attractive features in assuring growth of your assets: 
continuous investing and reinvestment of your earnings. Money is 
set aside automatically and your savings bonds are mailed 
directly to you. The more you save, the more you earn. 

Savings Bonds are a good way to "Invest in Your Future 
Today. " 

Condensed from NAVADMIN 066/95 released by Vice Chief of Naval 
Operations ADM S.R. Arthur on 27 March 1995 


HEADLINE: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month 

CNO Washington (NSMN) — The following is an excerpt from a 

message released by Chief of Naval Operations ADM Mike Boorda: 
The President has proclaimed April as National Child Abuse 

Prevention Month and DOD has proclaimed April as the Month of the 

Military Child. 

The national theme is "The more you help, the less they 

hurt! Everyone has a role to play. " DOD has adopted this theme 

for promotion throughout our military communities to demonstrate 

our commitment to the safe and healthy future of our children. 

Reports of child abuse and neglect have exceeded the 2.5 
million mark annually in the United States. The Navy recognizes 
that child maltreatment has short- and long-term negative effects 
on a child's mental health and development, and is committed to 
making every effort to prevent this problem in our Navy families . 
Our goal is to protect our children and to keep them free from 

Everyone is to remain committed to child abuse prevention 
all year long, not just in April. Keeping children safe is 
everyone's responsibility. Children who are loved and nurtured 
today by their families and communities are able to do the same 
for others when they grow up. Look for ways to break the cycle 
of abuse. Make this year's theme a legacy for our children, for 
their future and for our country. 


HEADLINE: Defense Department Names 1995 DOD Earth Year 

CHINFO Washington (NSMN) — The Department of Defense's 
endorsement of 1995 as "DOD Earth Year" was recently announced by 
the Navy's Chief of Information. In a message released 22 March 
(220107Z) , CHINFO said the endorsement recognizes "the important 
role that environmental preservation plays in the welfare and 
security of our nation" and "focuses attention on the progress 
made by DOD and Department of Navy (DON) commands in the 
formation and growth of their environmental programs. This is 
aptly demonstrated by the recent establishment of the Global 
Environmental Security Program. " 


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